The HTC One (M8) has a truly innovative camera setup, combining the firm’s UltraPixel camera with a double lens arrangement. Known as Duo Camera, this adds to the capabilities that are already present with HTC Zoe, meaning that few handsets can match the image-altering capabilities that the Taiwanese firm’s flagship can boast.
Here’s a step-by-step to using the functions and features that are at your disposal when you fire up the HTC One (M8).
Taking a photo
The most basic, but most important function of the camera.
- Open the camera app by tapping the icon on the homescreen
- Line it up with whatever you want to photograph
- Tap the camera icon on the right of the screen to capture an image
- To see your picture, tap the thumbnail image in the top right of the display
You can make some fine adjustments to the way in which your images are captured.
- Tap the three-dot icon in the bottom left of the display
- Play around with the settings, adjusting white balance and so on
- Further, more advanced settings can be found by tapping the cog-shaped icon, allowing you to adjust contrast, geo-tag photos and change other factors
Capture moving images as well as still images.
- To select the video function , tap the square icon in the bottom right of the display
- Line up your shot and press the video camera-shaped icon to start recording
- Press the same icon to stop recording
- If you want to pause while recording, tap the pause icon in the top right of the display
- Once you’re done, tap the thumbnail image in the top right to watch your video
One of the most eye-catching features of HTC’s suite of camera functions.
- Tap the square icon in the bottom right of the screen and select Zoe from the menu
- Press and hold the camera button for at least three seconds to begin recording
- Press it again to stop, then tap the thumbnail in the top right to watch your clip
- When playing it back, tap the double-square icon in the bottom left to edit the clip
- Scroll through the available frames and select the one you want to edit
- Tap edit then scroll through the available options, including:
- Object Remover will highlight any unwanted things that strayed into frame while you were capturing the clip and display them in tiles at the bottom of the display
- These are removed from the image by default, but you can add them back by tapping the tile if you want to
- Use the slider controls to scroll through the clip and select the few seconds that you want
- Press Next to export this as an animated GIF file
- Choose someone’s face from those that have been highlighted
- Tap the face to select it
- You will then be able to scroll that part of the image back and forth through the clip
- Pick a moment when the person was smiling
- Adjust faces
- Flick through options
- Add effects, adjust lighting
- Change shape of features, such as eyes
Selfie and Dual Capture
HTC offers an easy way of taking photos of yourself.
- Tap the square icon in the bottom right of the screen
- Select Selfie, and the front-facing camera will activate itself
- The camera app will find your face and highlight it with a square
- To take a picture, tap anywhere and a countdown will begin
- As a tip, look at the camera rather than the screen to get good shot
- Dual capture works the same, but adds a photo from the rear-facing camera too
Panoramic shots can be really impressive, and HTC makes it easy to capture them from the main camera app.
- Tap the square icon in the bottom right and select Pan 360
- A white target icon will appear across the screen
- Line this up with the solid white rectangle that you see in front of you
- Wait until the white rectangle turns red
- Move around and line the target up with the other red rectangles dotted around the display
- Move over each in turn, then press Stop
- A panoramic image of your surroundings will be saved to your gallery
There are a plethora of editing options available within HTC’s camera app, allowing you to do a great deal with your photos after you’ve captured them. All of these can be accessed by tapping the Edit button when viewing a photo within the camera app.
- Select UFocus and tap an area of a photo to bring it into focus
- The feature is great for blurring the background of photos
- This can be used to add sketchy effects to a particular part of an image
- Just tap through the options displayed at the bottom of the screen and see what suits the image
- Adds seasonal effects to images, such as falling leaves
- As you save an image, these will be superimposed on the shot
- Both of the rear-facing camera lenses will be used to create a 3D image
- After capturing, tilt the handset to move around the image and view it from different angles
- Tap the 3D icon in the bottom left of the screen to change the viewing mode, so you can move around with a swipe of the finger instead
- Select an object from the menu, such as a hat or a pair of glasses
- It will be pasted onto the image, and you can adjust its size by dragging your finger around
Copy and paste
- After opening one image, you’ll be asked to select another for your gallery
- Choose one that features a person, then tap on their face to select them
- Their image will be pasted on top of the original image
- Move them around the photo to the position you want
- Enhance people’s facial features by scrolling through the options
- Change factors such as lighting and even alter the shape of someone’s eyes
There are a few extra features tucked away in the HTC camera app which can be applied once you have done all your other editing.
- Choose from a number of frames to really set your shot off
- Scroll through the available filters to find one that suits your image
- Filters change the colouring and tone of a shot, giving it a striking appearance
- Do things like straighten, rotate or crop an image
- Cropping them to a square shape will make them ideal for sharing on Instagram